No, Mr. President, a Gun Is the Responsibility of the Owner

Barack Obama makes the collectivist premise of his New York Times editorial clear in the headline: “Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility.”

Why?

The Second Amendment directly contradicts what Obama claims. It says that Congress may not share responsibility for guns. They must keep their hands off of privately-owned firearms.

THE epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American people. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. We’re the only advanced nation on earth that sees this kind of mass violence with this frequency.

A national crisis like this demands a national response. Reducing gun violence will be hard. It’s clear that common-sense gun reform won’t happen during this Congress. It won’t happen during my presidency. Still, there are steps we can take now to save lives. And all of us — at every level of government, in the private sector and as citizens — have to do our part.

 There is no epidemic. He pads the numbers by including suicide, but there are lots of ways that people commit suicide. And his executive orders do nothing to address the issue. As Jacob Sullum writes at Reason.com,

But as he mentioned during the townhall, two-thirds of the “30,000 deaths due to gun violence” are suicides. If the “gun violence” problem consists mainly of people taking their own lives, why does Obama keep talking about mass shootings, which account for a tiny percentage of homicides and an even smaller share of gun-related deaths? Presumably because they are scary and get a lot of attention. Yet the gun control solutions he proposes have nothing to do with mass shootings and little to do with preventing suicides, except to the extent that people who kill themselves have previously undergone court-ordered psychiatric treatment. [emphasis added].

Furthermore, by invoking “public health” Obama is trying to claim all sorts of jurisdiction over guns through the CDC, the Surgeon General, and other aspects of the unconstitutional health apparatus in our federal government. That’s why Obama uses the term “epidemic.”

But, again, there is no epidemic. Gun violence has been declining for years.